James Mejia joins David to talk about the results of the Denver Mayor election. Mejia's campaign sent a legal team to Denver's Elections Division late Tuesday with questions about rejected ballots, which appear to account for 2 percent of cast ballots. http://www.mejiaformayor.com/
Fox 31's Eli Stokols our special guest to talk about their on going series this week education cuts. Its called School Cuts 101. Part One was on How Colorado Got Here.
Antonia Juhasz joins David as we are a year after the Gulf Oil Spill. She has a new book out called Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill. It is more than a story of ruined beaches, dead wildlife, chemical dispersants, corporate spin, political machinations, and financial fallout. It is a riveting human drama filled with people whose lives will forever be defined as “before” and “after” the Gulf oil disaster. Black Tide is the only book to tell this story through the perspective of people on all sides of the catastrophe, from those who lost their lives, loved ones, and livelihoods to those who made the policies that set the devastating event in motion, those who cut the corners that put corporate profits over people and the environment, and those who have committed their lives to ensuring that such an event is never repeated. Antonia Juhasz is Director and Founder of the Energy Program at Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights non-profit organization. She is a policy-analyst, author and activist. Juhasz is leading oil industry expert and critic who also specializes in international trade and finance policy. She is the author of The Tyranny of Oil: the World’s Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must Do To Stop It, The Bu$h Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time, and a contributing author with John Perkins and others to A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption. Check out her website http://www.tyrannyofoil.org/
Bloomberg Business staff reporter Felix Gillette our special guest to talk about his piece The Casino Next Door. How slot machines snuck into the mall, along with money laundering, bribery, shootouts, and billions in profits. The fight over the legality of the pop-up casinos in Seminole County in Florida is part of a broader battle that has been fought for six years in counties across the nation from North Carolina to Texas to Massachusetts. Along the way, cops have raided numerous sweepstakes cafes, confiscated computers, and seized safes full of cash. In September, cops in Virginia Beach, Va., raided a dozen game rooms and confiscated more than 400 computers. In March, police in West Valley City, Utah, shut down two sweepstakes cafes, detained 67 people, and seized 80 computers. Lawmakers in North Carolina passed legislation last year outlawing the business model. In February, Virginia did the same. In April, the Massachusetts Attorney General submitted emergency regulations to shut down the businesses. And yet the sweepstakes cafes keep spreading. http://www.felixgillette.com/
Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower IQs than their peers when they reach school age, according to three government-funded studies. The pesticides, known as organophosphates, are commonly sprayed on food crops and can be found in trace amounts on berries, green beans, and other fruits and vegetables sold in stores. The pesticides have also been used in homes and gardens, although their indoor use has been widely restricted due to safety concerns. Our guest is one of the study's authors Dr. Jonathan Chevrier from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is an epidemiologist with expertise in biostatistics, toxicology and endocrinology. Read about the study here
Legislature passed a bill last year that gave people a realistic chance to pay off payday loans. Fees still high, but a six-month payback period is helpful to borrowers. And it appears that the new law is helping, although it was fully implemented only in the fall. But the payday lenders are back with a "technical fix." There is nothing technical about it. It would make the origination non-refundable, and the net effect of that would be to make it so payday lenders can once again churn customers. It would pretty much go back to square one. Our special guest to talk about the status of the bill is Rich Jones director of policy and research at the Bell Policy Center. http://bellpolicy.org/